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Three Artists Describe Their Inspiration and Their Works Shown in the Hudson River Museum's Imaging the River
Three Sunday Afternoon Artists Conversations and Tours

YONKERS, NY. September 15, 2003 - Imaging the River, the Hudson River Museum's exhibition opening October 4, inspired a series of conversations and tours with artists who have created work especially for this show. Artists Conversations and Tours will take place on three Sunday afternoons - October 12, November 9 and December 14 from 3 to 4 pm. Four artists deeply concerned with the environment - Bob Braine, Raquel Rabinovich and collaborative artists Ann T. Rosenthal and Steffi Domike will tell how they create their work and give insights into other Imaging the River installations, sculptures, paintings, photography and videos.

Imaging the River presents the Hudson as a natural wonder and as an inspiration for artists from the nineteenth century to today. The changing river, from the romance of past views to the more critical works of contemporary artists, is captured in photography, painting, sculpture and video.

On Sunday, October 12 Bob Braine, voyager of rivers all over the world who records post-industrial landscapes with infared aerial photographs, will discuss his travels, often in boats of his own making, to map a river's historical and cultural life. For Imaging the River, Braine created Mid Hudson Formation, consisting of points along the Hudson Valley selected by finding the locations of nineteenth-century landscape paintings depicting terrains that are still identifiable and, now, may contain deeply disturbed swatches of land.

On Sunday, November 9 Raquel Rabinovich relates the process behind her "Liquid Library" of mud drawings. Rabinovich, born in Buenos Aires, studied art in Europe and now lives and works in upstate New York. Rabinovich is known for her rock sculpture, watercolors and urban installations, and is currently creating site-specific sculpture installations on the shores of the Hudson River. Among her many honors are an Individual Artists' Program of the New York State Council on the Arts Grant for works on paper, 1995 and a National Endowment of the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in painting, 1991.

On Sunday, December 14 collaborating artists Ann T. Rosenthal and Steffi Domike share their encounters with people and the Hudson's tributary, the Saw Mill River, where they documented contemporary conditions, contrasting them to the river scenes on postcards from the past. Ann T. Rosenthal brings to the art community 20 years experience as an eco/feminist artist. Her installations juxtapose found objects, traditional media, and digital imaging to describe the natural histories of "place." Among her numerous exhibitions is her solo show "Toxic Trails: Tracking Fire and Water" (2002) at Lycoming College, Pennsylvania. Steffi Domike, Assistant Professor of Art at Chatham College, has produced award-winning documentaries that use electronic media to subvert established versions of history. Her 1993 television production The River Ran Red won the CINE Golen Eagle award.

The talks and tours are free with museum admission.




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